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Research Intern - Undergraduate Research Intern - New England


Location: Cambridge, Massachusetts

Job Type: Full time

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Research Internships at Microsoft provide a dynamic environment for research careers with a network of world-class research labs led by globally-recognized scientists and engineers. Our researchers and engineers pursue innovation in a range of scientific and technical disciplines to help solve complex challenges in diverse fields, including computing, healthcare, economics, and the environment.

This program is for candidates who are passionate about technology and offer diverse perspectives. We don’t just value differences, we seek them out. We invite them in. We are a family of individuals at a truly global company, united by a single mission.

Microsoft’s mission: “Empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more”. To achieve our mission, we need to create a workforce that represents the rich diversity of our customers. The Microsoft Undergrad Internship Program is a tool to do just that. Our mission, “To unlock everyone’s engineering talent so they can achieve more”.

The Microsoft Undergrad Internship Program is focused on developing talent and experience for careers in computing research.

The program is a 12-week summer internship program specifically designed for advanced undergraduate students. It offers the opportunity to do state-of-the-art research in one of our US-based Microsoft Research Labs. You will work with our researchers and extended network of visiting faculty, postdoctoral researchers, data and applied scientists, engineers, designers, and doctoral students to make important contributions to new and ongoing research. One of the program’s goals is to encourage participants to pursue advanced degrees in computing fields. Your on-the-job learning will be augmented with mentoring, community building, and networking opportunities.


Interns put inquiry and theory into practice. Alongside fellow doctoral candidates and some of the world’s best researchers, interns learn, collaborate, and network for life. Interns not only advance their own careers, but they also contribute to exciting research and development strides. During the 12-week internship, students are paired with mentors and expected to collaborate with other interns and researchers, present findings, and contribute to the vibrant life of the community. Research internships are available in all areas of research, and are offered year-round, though they typically begin in the summer.


We especially encourage applications from groups currently underrepresented in engineering and computer science, including those who self-identify as a woman, African American, Black, Hispanic, Latinx, American Indian, Alaska Native, Native Hawaiian, Pacific Islander, person with a disability, and/or LGBTQI+

Application Materials:

1. CV or Resume

2. 2 or 3 Reference Letters

3. Two Essays

a. Essay 1: Research interest statement (500 words or fewer)

i. Select up to three desired research areas. (See section “MSR Research Areas” below).

ii. Answer the prompt: What draws you to the desired research area(s) you selected and what impact would you like to have in that space?

iii. Be sure to also describe:

1. any relevant experience in this/these research area(s) and

2. how you expect to personally benefit from participating in this internship.

b. Essay 2: Leadership in Diversity statement (250 words or fewer)

i. Please describe ways you have contributed to increasing diversity and inclusion in your field and/or any unique challenges you may have faced and how you navigated those obstacles.

Students must submit the application materials outlined above to be considered.

Required Qualifications

  • Candidates must be junior or senior students enrolled in a bachelor’s degree program majoring in computer science, computer engineering, software engineering, information science or related major.
  • By the start of the internship program (~May 2021) candidates must have at least two years/multiples years of programming experience, completed courses in Calculus, Probability and Statistics and/or Machine Learning OR demonstrated training in at least one social science methodology.

Microsoft is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, ancestry, color, family or medical care leave, gender identity or expression, genetic information, marital status, medical condition, national origin, physical or mental disability, political affiliation, protected veteran status, race, religion, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, or any other characteristic protected by applicable laws, regulations and ordinances. We also consider qualified applicants regardless of criminal histories, consistent with legal requirements. If you need assistance and/or a reasonable accommodation due to a disability during the application or the recruiting process, please send a request via the Accommodation request form.

Benefits/perks listed below may vary depending on the nature of your employment with Microsoft and the country where you work.